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⚙ 1.5 years and up

Time and Place

⚙ Any time of day

⚙ Any time of year

⚙ Indoors or outdoors


⚙ Funnels (preferably plastic or rubber)

⚙ A large bin or sensory table 

⚙ Any pourable material (e.g., water or sand)                                                            

Optional Materials 

​⚙ Other objects such as spoons, containers, or

     measuring cups



⚙ Supervise children at all times 


Play-based Context

Place pourable material and one or more funnels in the bin or sensory table. Encourage exploration by adding other objects.   Outdoor option: Funnels can be attached to a fence or other structure.

A toddler sat in the snow and filled a bowl with powdery snow and carefully observed how it flowed through a hole in the bottom of the bowl. 

Questions You May Ask 

⚙ Have you seen a funnel before?  What was it used for?

⚙ What other funnel-shaped objects can you find in your surroundings?

⚙ What else can you use funnels for?
⚙ How can we make our own funnel?

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